Monday, September 18, 2017

Swap Feature: Magical Mermaid

This fabulous card was made by Cathy Williams in a recent swap I participated in. Can you tell that tail is made on Copper Foil?? Amazing!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Kitties in the Sunlight

I bought the Cat Punch, but not the coordinating stamp set, because it wasn't my style. So now I'm determined to find ways to use it! It has been easier than I expected. So many fun things to do with this kitty!

Both these cards use watercoloring and the Eclectic Layers window die. I don't know if it's really a window, but that's what I'm calling it! For the card on the left, I made a template from cardstock and watercolored the "diamonds" through it. It wasn't exact, but then, sunrises rarely are! The only stamp set I used was for the sentiment, Daisy Delight.

For the card on the left, I watercolored again, using the same colors: Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry. Then I placed the "window" over top and did some outlining in white gel pen. There are also some Curry stripes on my kitty!

These were really simple cards to make. Give watercoloring a sunrise or sunset a try! You can't do it "wrong," so that takes all the pressure off.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Diet and Depression

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What if your diet could help your moderate depression?? How big would that be! Well, there is now research showing that healthier diets reduce the risk of depression.

Professor Felice Jacka, director of Deakin University's Food and Mood Centre, said the Mediterranean diet had been credited with improving cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of diabetes and increasing longevity.
"We already know that diet has a very potent impact on the biological aspects of our body that affect depression risks," she said. "The immune system, brain plasticity, and gut microbiota seem to be central not just to our physical health, but also our mental health. And diet, of course, is the main factor that affects the gut microbiota."

What were the main diet premises?

Encouraged foods: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, low-fat/ unsweetened dairy, raw unsalted nuts, lean red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, and olive oil
Discouraged foods: sweets, refined cereals, fried food, fast food, processed meat.
Beverages: maximum two sugar-sweetened beverages per week and maximum two alcoholic drinks per day, preferably red wine.

As Dr. Jacka states, we already know that the gut biome is the key to all health--both body and mind. Everyone can start by eliminating sugar, fast food, and processed foods. That doesn't take a nutrition degree. Increase your whole food intake: vegetables, fruits, nuts, healthy oils. And don't forget to add fermented foods and probiotics!

Here's the article on the Psychology Today blog:

Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression

Monday, September 11, 2017

Autumn Blessings

Isn't this a beautiful card? It's made with the new stamp set Count My Blessings, available in both wood and clear mount.
Such a pretty font! And those images are just begging to be watercolored!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Graveyard Gate Suite

This die cut is so elegant! Lots of uses beyond the amazing ones in the video!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Healthy Lifestyle Medicine

Ann Louise Gittleman is one of the top nutrition consultants in the US! Order her book The New Fat Flush Plan and read about how Ann Louise endorses ASEA for improved health! 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Holiday Catalog Is Live!

My computer died, so I'm improvising till the new one arrives--delayed by the holiday weekend! Thanks for your patience.

If you've ordered from me in the last 6 months, then you should have received your copy of the Holiday Catalog by now! If not, you can see it here: Holiday Catalog
Or browse and shop here: Holiday Catalog Online Shopping

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Embossing Paste Wedding Cards

The card layers from the Soft Sayings kit strike again! These masks are looking very well-loved on my desk lately. I was curious how it would look to spread embossing paste through the entire mask and then cover it with embossing powder. It's a little messy-looking, because I wasn't going for a precise look here. I wanted lots of texture and sumptuous metallics to really take over the cards.

For the Bermuda Bay card on the left, I used silver embossing powder. Be fairly quick to add the powder before the paste dries. Then I added a clear-embossed sentiment on vellum, because I couldn't bear to cover up all that yummy embossing.

For the card on the right, I used a piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper that was calling to me from my cutting table. "Use me! Make me prettier!" All the pretty new things keep me up at night with their demands! Copper seemed to be the best color for this paper, so I used the diamond mask (you could also die cut your own with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits) to spread embossing powder, then quickly added copper embossing powder. I used the same sentiment because it was still out on my desk. A copper foil layer was all that was left to add!

Show me in the comments what you're making with embossing paste!


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